Writing short stories sound so easy … it’s only a few thousand words on a page, not double-digit thousands, right? A lot of people diminish the effort required to produce a highly readable short story. Fortunately, though, there is something of a resurgence in the popularity of the form these days. When writing a novel… Continue reading The Keys to Writing Short Story
Is a novel 50,000 or 120,000? Is a short story 1000 words or 10,000? Well ... it depends. I know. You wanted something concrete, didn't you. Sorry. But we're largely talking about creative writing here and that is inexact: it's art, after all. Let's play with some ballpark figures to satisfy your curiosity and test… Continue reading How Many Words in a Novel, Short Story or Book?
When it comes to writing a play or a novel, the three-act form of Opening Act, Middle Act and Closing Act is a fundamental structure. Deceptively simple, it has stood the test of time and still works today. Short stories or novels can benefit from this approach. To actually explain how to go about creating… Continue reading The Rocks Scaffolding of 3 Acts
When you have an opportunity to hear an author talk, it pays to listen. Especially if that author is successful, as in some fifty published books or more – both traditional and self-published - and has won awards for her writing. Today was such a chance for me. Fiona McArthur is on the hustings (at least… Continue reading Best Selling Author Talk – Fiona McArthur
Writing a short story sounds easy. Hey, it's only a few hundred to a few thousand words, not an 80,000 word opus: much more doable - yes? Errr, no. A short story still has to be a story with a beginning, middle and end. It still has to engage a reader to want to keep… Continue reading Writing Short Stories and Using Them
It happens. It’s super-annoying, frustrating and anxiety-inducing when it does, but it happens. At some point in your writing life, you will hit a period of drought. The words fail to come when you sit down to write. Ideas abandon you for a Summer somewhere else. Cleaning the tracks on the sliding doors with a… Continue reading Get Your Writing Mojo Back